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    November 25, 2012
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pictures now. cairo, egypt, tahrir square. and thousands of people are refusing to go home. they are angry at their president. they say he's made himself a dictator. it's quiet now in cairo. it's just after 2:00 a.m., but it definitely was not quiet earlier in the day. listen. tear gas filled the air and crowds of protesters scattered when riot police tried to break up the protests in cairo. we have reports of demonstrators trying to break into the offices of the president's party, the muslim brotherhood. and at least one person reportedly died today in the street violence, a teenager. cnn's reza sayah spent much of the day right in the middle of the chaos in cairo. >> we keep seeing these clashes between protesters and police, protesters throwing rocks at police. police responding by firing tear gas and stun grenades. we're just a few blocks away from tahrir square. we should point out most of
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these protesters are young men, 20-something, teenagers, hard to say if they're here fighting for democracy or here to cause some trouble. those were chants of down with president morsi, down with president morsi. we're now starting to see these protests and clashes take place in cities outside of cairo. in the northern city, the first fatality of these protests. according to the muslim brotherhood, 15-year-old islam massoud was killed when anti-morsi protesters attacked the brotherhood's offices there. massoud hit in the head with a club and pronounced dead before he arrived at the hospital. this is some of the violence taking place. let's go to tahrir square shall things are a little more peaceful. things much calmer here where you have a few thousand people gathered here. about 40 tents, very much reminiscent of the 2011 egyptian revolution. you have food stands, people
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selling tea. here is a tea stand right here. lots of people talking politics. if you look at these groups here, these are all people that are debating their political positions and demanding that mr. morsi rescind his controversial decre decrees. >> to start with i want these decrees to be withdrawn and secondly, i would hope he starts to listen to us and the people. >> i am willing to stay until we oust him just like we did with mubarak. he's bringing it down on himself. >> reporter: factions opposed to mr. morsi continued to make moves to apply political pressure on the president. pro-democracy activist mohammed el baradi calling on morsi to rescind his decrees. it's not clear how many judges are going to heed the call for a strike because remember a lot of judges in egypt support mr.
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morsi and the muslim brotherhood and so do a lot of egyptians. supporters of muslim brotherhood have called for demonstrations throughout the next few days, and that's why there's a lot of drama that comes with these developments. you have mr. morsi seemingly entrenched in power. the muslim brotherhood movement taking on opposing factions who are mobilizing, demanding for him to rescind his decrees. rez sesay a -- reza sayah, cair. we have learned a delegation from gaza is now in cairo. the three sides will get back to hammering out the cease-fire. adding his voice to the discussion, the leader of hezbollah in lebanon. he sent a stern warning today to israel threatening major retaliation if israel makes a move on lebanon. hezbollah is not involved in the renewed hostilities but they have fought with israel in the past.
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tensions their shared border really has never gone away. at least 117 people are dead after a massive fire at a clothing factory in bangladesh. it happened outside the capital city of dhaka. you can see every window is lit with flames. some workers tried to escape out the windows. there were about 2,000 workers, mostly women, in that factory and they expect, unfortunately, the death toll to rise. well, they took a week off for thanksgiving, but congress gets back to work starting tomorrow. time is short, but they have a lot on their agenda. the senate returns tomorrow, the house officially goes back into session on tuesday. the so-called fiscal cliff is the biggest item that is sitting on the congressional agenda. if president obama and congress don't reach some sort of deal, huge tax increases and spending cuts would automatically kick in january 1. todayself republica selveral red away from a pledge banning tax increases.
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>> when you're $16 trillion in debt, the only pledge we should be making to each other is to avoid becoming greece, and republicans should put revenue on the table. i want to cut rates to create jobs, but i will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country only if democrats will do entitlement reform. >> i agree with saxby chambliss. a pledge you signed 20 years ago, 18 years ago is for that congress. if i were in congress in 1941 i would have signed -- supported a declaration of war against japan. i'm not going to attack japan today. the world has changed. >> does it mean we might be closer to a fiscal cliff compromise? athena jones takes a closer look. >> reporter: that's, of course, the big question here. we know in the meeting the president had with lawmakers the friday before thanksgiving there was a lot of positive talk coming out of that with leaders on both sides saying the meeting was constructive, that lawmakers understood their responsibilities, and that they were going to work together to avoid this fiscal cliff.
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today lawmakers expressed optimism that they're going to be able to reach a deal. let's listen to what senator john mccain of arizona had to say followed by senator dick durbin of illinois. >> we can and must get an agreement. otherwise, i think, first of all, the markets are going to start reacting. >> unfortunately for the last ten days with the house and congress gone for the thanksgiving recess, there hasn't -- much progress hasn't been made, but tomorrow there's no excuse. we're back in town. >> reporter: so there you heard senator durbin say no more excuses, they're back in town, going to have to get back to work. certainly there is more pressure on lawmakers to get this done. the clock is ticking. some people believe that democrats and the president may feel that they have a little bit more leverage since the president was re-elected on a promise to raise taxes on the wealthy. i can tell you that the hope coming out of the meeting, the prior to thanksgiving meeting, we heard from senator reade saying they hope to meet with the president again. there's not a meeting on the
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president's schedule but that could certainly change. >> thank you very much. a spectacular scene off miami beach as an 80-foot yacht went up in flames in a matter of minutes. three people were on the yacht yesterday when the fire broke out. they all managed to jump into the waters. rescue crews saved them. nobody was injured but they couldn't do much to save the yacht. the cause of that fire is still under investigation. all you powerball players, get ready. wednesday is going to be a very big day. huge you could say. nobody won last night's top prize, so the estimated new jackpot is $425 million. wow. that is the largest ever for this multistate lottery. more than 2 million people did match some of the numbers last night so you won something. those winnings numbers, 22, 32, 37, 44, 50, and a powerball of 34. next, 'tis the season to travel, and today millions of you are taking to the streets and the skies.
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laguardia airport where it appears to be going well. hello, susan. >> reporter: hi, martin. things have been remarkably smooth for travelers on this busy holiday weekend. mainly because there's been good weather throughout the country. we've spent the day at new york's laguardia airport, and we have seen very few lines, if at all, as people check in and go through security. now, let's talk to the deleon family traveling this day. you're from chicago. you spent the weekend in new york. how early did you come here today? >> we were here probably a good hour and a half before our flight boards, which is totally unlike us. we're usually doing the flight to the gate. here we are trying to waste time until the flight leaves. >> reporter: obviously you have had bad experiences as well, as we all have, with delays. why do you think it happened this weekend? >> it's very bizarre. i think it's unseasonably warm weather has to be part of it.
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it's been gorgeous weather. maybe the planes have been going on time and everything has been good. so i don't know. it's a delightful surprise. it's better than getting delayed and not getting home until tomorrow. >> reporter: and pricewise, did things cost about the same as they did last year? >> i think so. it really wasn't so bad. i think pricewise i don't think it was aeal big difference from last year. >> reporter: and you will be taking another chance in a few weeks. >> got to travel for the holidays. that's what it's about. spending time with family. we'll roll the dice on flights and hope for the best. >> reporter: thank you very much. of course, they are still reminding people, whether it is this weekend or coming up at christmasti christmastime, it's always best to come early just in case. marty, back to you. >> thanks, susan. it appears a weekend of black friday shopping has set a record. the national retail federation says 247 million shoppers hit the stores and websites for post-thanksgiving sales and that's up from last year's 226
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million. the nrf says shoppers spent an average of $423 each since thursday. in all the trade group says bargain hungry consumers dropped $59.1 billion. and it looks like those thanksgiving door buster deals worked. the federation estimates 28% of this year's shoppers hit the stores, get this, before midnight thanksgiving night. well, a tense cease-fire in the middle east. my next guess says there's a behind the scenes force that threatens the current peace now and in the future. we'll explain that. they've been committed to putting clients first. helping generations through tough times. good times. never taking a bailout. there when you need them. helping millions of americans over the centuries. the strength of a global financial leader. the heart of a one-to-one relationship. together for your future. ♪ [ male announcer ] can a car be built around a state of mind?
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as we keep an eye on that tenuous cease-fire between israel and hamas, one writer sees a silent but influential force at work behind the scenes of this conflict. so let's talk with frieda. she's a world affairs columnist for "the miami herald" and a "world politics review." and an old friend from cnn. >> good to see you, marty. >> let's talk about the column you wrote for cnn.com. i believe it's called iran, an ominous lengthening shadow. and it basically goes over this conflict and talks about how what we've just seen play out in
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gaza is an indication of what may be to come. what do you mean by that? >> well, the confrontation that we saw was between the palestinians of hamas in gaza and israel, but behind the scenes there was a strong power that was playing a role in some ways subtle and in some ways less subtle. iran is a friend of hamas, even though they have had their problems, but iran has armed insurgent groups. it's armed groups that oppose any kind of negotiated agreement with israel. it has backed them and has cheered them on, and israel expects that if there is a direct confrontation with iran, a direct armed confrontation, one of the things that iran might do is activate groups such as hamas in gaza or hezbollah in lebanon to have them use their weapons to attack israel. so some of what we saw happening in gaza was israel looking at the weaponry that half mahamas
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might put in play should there be a war directly confronting israel. we found israel finding a way to counter those weapons. >> the iron dome and some of the other things. you write about the impact of the arab spring. in your words, where would key arab and muslim players stand in case of this confrontation between iran and the west, particularly if israel and the palestinians became the e epicenter of this fighting? did we get any answers out of this conflict? >> i think the answer was, first of all, it was disappointing to iran because egypt especially did not jump in on hamas' side. >> no, they didn't. >> egypt paid a lot of lip service to hamas and it spoke very harshly against israel, but it didn't jump in, and neither did hezbollah, and the truth is that arab countries where the so-called arab spring has taken shape, countries where the ground is really shifting
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politically, they had their traditional anti-israel stance, which is to be expected, but the intensity of it was probably something of a disappointment to hamas. hamas wanted to make itself relevant again during a time of turmoil in the middle east, and it worked, but not with the intensity they would have hoped. >> i think many were curious about what the new egyptian president, where he would stand, especially coming from the muslim brotherhood, and, in fact, many westerners looked on his stand as being pretty right down the middi. >>le. >> it was i think a chance that israel took. israel didn't know what egypt would do and this was very risky. it's one of the reasons why i think the people who claim that netanyahu had decided to take this stance, they claim that perhaps it was a politically motivated decision, that perhaps it had to do with the elections that are coming in israel in january. i don't think that makes any
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sense because this was actually very risky for netanyahu. >> who do you think, and i always hate to bring it down to winners and losers, but out of this conflict when you have so many that are killed, who is perceived as the winner? >> you know, everybody is claiming victory. i think it's very clear that the losers are the people of gaza. the civilians who are in the cross fire, and i think they should have something to say to hamas about why it does not use any of its resources to protect them. i think they are the clear losers. hamas had a momentary victory because it did gain the headlines, it became relevant for the moment. longer term i don't think hamas really won very much of anything. they lost a lot of their arsenal. they did not get the support from the muslim brotherhood, from egypt, that they wanted. they lost a lot of their top commanders. so i don't think they can count themselves winners. i don't think iran can have much to celebrate here because their rockets that it helps to provide
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to hamas did not fare so well. i think israel can celebrate the iron dome. it was more of a success -- much more effective than i think most people expected. but i think, you know, one of the losers is the prospect for peace. >> i think you're right. >> every time there is a military confrontation, the chances that people are going to be willing to take risks for peace diminish. >> you're absolutely right. it's a pleasure to see you with "the miami herald." there is a new weapon that could soon patrol the skies over israel and even right here in the u.s. and it's smaller than, well, the palm of your hand. we'll have that story coming up in a moment. [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus presents the cold truth.
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and before the break we were talking about the cease-fire between hamas and the israelis. it has been a halt to the rocket barrage which bloodied the region forri eight days. there's still one weapon hovering over right now. right before the conflict started, you visited one of israel's largest defense manufacturers and you got an exclusive and pretty neat look at one of the country's most valuable resources, the drone.
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so why do israelis feel they need to keep drones in the air at all times? >> these drones are these unmanned piloted systems. so essentially it's cheaper for them to do this, and they were there before the conflict and they are going to remain after the conflict and the number one reason i could tell you, martin, is surveillance. these are these high-tech equipment and they have great surveillance capabilities. we went to a place near the israeli aerospace industries where they build the cameras they put inside the drone. the amount of surveillance they're able to do, especially in such a fragile situation, i spoke to an engineer where they handcraft the cameras. he said you can see if someone is carrying a stake or a weapon. i could see your shoes from miles and miles away. that's becoming increasingly important and it's cheaper for them to do it. they don't have to put a pilot in them. i should mention it's not just israel using these. about 60 countries around the world are actually using these new capabilities because they're becoming more and more a weapon
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that the we're seeing in modern-day warfare. >> the u.s. is big in the program as well. you got a sneak peek at one of the new drones that is smaller than the palm of your hand? >> sure. this was fascinating. they brought out something that looked a lot like a butterfly. you're looking at it right there. and essentially what this would be used for, it isn't going to hit the market for a couple years, let's say israel was contemplating a ground invasion on gaza. this is the kind of thing they can fly over while they're on the ground and take a look. do surveys and see if there's danger ahead. you fly it with remote control. it's really, really small. and as they told me, they said, lori, these drones are getting smarter and smaller. that's what we're going to see in the next couple years. they did a demo. as you can see it there, it was just flying around there and people are just fascinated by this. and, you know, who knows where this could end up because the israel aerospace industries supply to israel and also supply to different countries around the world. so you know, you can see it
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flying there but you can imagine that on the ground in a time of conflict. it could be a valuable resource. >> it's not always the military, and what i mean is we know the u.s. military use it is but more and more drones are being used by law enforcement in this country, right? >> sure. you're exactly right. we use them already in the united states for border control. the coast guard uses them. so these aren't completely unheard of in the united states. and we're going to see more and more of these. the faa, the federal aviation administration, they have a mandate from congress to incorporate more of these unmanned systems into civilian air space by 2014. what that could mean is we see more and more of these drones in civilian air space around cities, and you take a step back and say that's really scary, but really they're less expensive than some of the helicopters that local law enforcement have and so that would give local law enforcement the ability to afford some of these surveillance vehicles, and, you know, it's the kind of thing, martin, where if we see more and more of these, we're going to have increased privacy issues because it definitely opens up a new can of worms with this new technology.
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i spoke to one expert so said if we see more and more of these, it can be good but it's almost like realtime google earth. we're going to have to see where that ends up. martin? >> you're right, lori, thank you very much for the insights there coming from israel. it's a black friday tradition. low prices, long lines, and short tempers. >> what the [ bleep ]. i will stab one of you [ bleep ]. >> we're exploring the mindset behind the mayhem next. ney. joe doesn't know it yet, but he'll work his way up from busser to waiter to chef before opening a restaurant specializing in fish and game from the great northwest. he'll start investing early, he'll find some good people to help guide him, and he'll set money aside from his first day of work to his last, which isn't rocket science. it's just common sense. from td ameritrade.
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half past the hour now. let's take a look at the headlines. this is central cairo today. furious protesters again filling the street, clashing with riot police. they are angry with egypt's president for granting himself absolute power a couple days ago. critics say president mohamed morsi has basically set himself up as a dictator. the president tried to ease tension today saying his new powers are not permanent. across syria today more fighting and more casualties. opposition activists say at least 15 people were killed
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today. most of them in damascus and its suburbs. more than 50 people were reportedly killed yesterday in fighting throughout syria. china has successfully landed a fighter jet on an aircraft carrier for the first time. china's official news agency says the aircraft carrier was being built in the old soviet union. it's expected to hold 30 j-15 fighter jets. the j-15 is reportedly comparable to an american f-18. could be years though before that carrier is fully functional. the flood storm ending southwest england and wales are expected to get worse. look at these images of swollen rivers and towns under water. dozens of roads are already closed and some drivers have had to be rescued from their vehicles. at least one person has died, a woman who was trapped under a tree. investigators now say that giant blast that turned a massachusetts strip club into dust and debris friday night was actually caused by human error. they say that a utility worker
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responding to a work of a gas smell punctured a high pressure gas line by mistake. officials say the worker went by incorrect markings on the sidewalk. they believe the gas entered the strip club triggering the explosion. 21 people were hurt, movst of them were emergency responders. and a six-alarm fighter broke out in a historic hotel around 10:00 and continued into the early morning hours. 20 apartments and several businesses inside the building were damaged but all of the residents managed to get out safely. shoppers were out in record numbers this holiday weekend. the national retail federation, a trade association, says that 247 million bargain hungry consumers hit stores and websites. sadly, some of the shoppers also hit each other. and one woman in florida was even tackled by police at a walmart. charles, from wtsb has her story. >> reporter: you are listening
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to samantha chavez scream for mercy. one top holding her down, another with his knee in her back. >> you know, panicked. i was upset. i was scared. i didn't know what to do. i was just -- at that moment it's just so crazy that i just didn't even believe it was real. >> samantha is back in her land l lakes home. she was looking for her sister who was standing in line to pay when a cop told her to go to the end of the line. >> he pretty much was telling me to go back to the back of the line. i was trying to explain that i wasn't there to purchase anything. i wasn't there to go in line. i was just looking for my sister. >> reporter: samantha said it was then the cop grabbed her and put her on the floor. for samantha a simple night of shopping turned violent. gee turned me over, pinned me to the floor. he had his knee on my back. he had another officer come and
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get on my back. i'm on the floor screaming -- at that point i didn't know what to do. >> reporter: but police tell a different story saying samantha refused to follow orders and when an officer grabbed her by the arm to escort her out, she pulled away making an even bigger scene. >> five or six times that officer tells her she needs to go to the back of the line. there's other people becoming upset thinking that you're cutting in line. ultimately they arrested her for disorderly conduct and resisting without violence. >> black friday now starts on thursday night. right after pumpkin pie is served as thanksgiving dessert. is that any way to end a thanksgiving meal with family? i talked with cultural observer and comedian bill santiago about black friday mayhem. >> it's amazing that people can get out there and get into that kind of trouble, that they have that much energy left after gorging themselves on turkey which is supposed to make you drowsy. imagine if they weren't see dated with tryptophan, how much trouble they could be causing.
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all this to celebrate the season of the prince of peace and goodwill towards the jerk trying to cut in line in front of you. i don't know where it's leading to but it's spinning off definitely into its own holiday for sure. >> the people seem to enjoy it, that it is a spectator kind of event now that more and more people are coming out not just for the bargains, but apparently to see what the heck happens snp. >> yeah. i think the bargains is the least of it. i think people -- the discounts are nice but people are really going out there for the thrill. they're thrill seeking. it's becoming our -- like an american version of the running of the bulls meets the "the price is right." it has a little commercialism but it's really not about the 25% off but the 50% chance of survival. people get home alive, that's the thrill right there. that's the bonus. >> well, i like your imagery of the running of the bulls. it certainly does seem to fit. >> it's exactly like that. somebody gets trampled for a laptop. it's hard to believe the same people that came up with this
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technology are willing to risk their lives that way for it. >> but could it be now that all of this of which we jest could be threatened by people just doing the sacrilegious thing of shopping online, not going to the stores. >> absolutely not. outbidding somebody on ebay does not give you that same in-person thrill of grabbing the toy out of somebody's hands and fighting for the death for it. you really have to be there. until they can come up with some sort of digital avatars that women allow you to battle out for it online, you know, cyber monday is going to be a far second to black friday. >> undetectable bullets? we'll give you an exclusive look at some of the top secret weapons that were found on a captured spy. ou see they all hae something very interesting in common. they have teachers... ...with a deeper knowledge of their subjects.
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sometimes the real thing can be even more fascinating. that's what we have for you now, an exclusive look inside an assassination plot. it involves pens that poison and guns that can't be detected. you're going to hear from the target himself, who was behind it? intelligence officials say north korea. cnn's paula hancocks joins me live from seoul. this has to do with north korea allegedly trying to kill people who have defected, right? i'm wondering how often does this happen? >> reporter: well, martin, it's a question we've asked, and the answer is we're not telling you. the intelligence agency very rarely talks about these assassination attempts so no one knows how often they happen. but there was a high profile one that happened last year. the would-be assassin was caught, the plot was thwarted and the weapons were confiscatsd and we've been given a very exclusive look at those weapons. >> reporter: an assassination
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attempt foiled. a north korean spy is arrested on the streets of seoul. this was a year ago. and this is the first time south korean intelligence officials are showcasing the weapons. exclusively to cnn. how does this work? >> translator: this poison needle was made to look like a parker ball point pen. there is a tube inside here. in order to activate it, we have to twist it towards the right three to four times and then press the top part like this. >> if you're shot by this pen, what happens to you? >> translator: it would cause muscle paralysis very quickly, which would lead to suffocation and death. >> reporter: the second pen shots a poison filled pullet which penetrates the skin. the poison is then released. these pens look like that he belong in a james bond movie. is it new technology or is this
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quite old, quite basic technology? >> translator: these pen weapons are not new. north korean spies have had this technology for ten years. but this flashlight is new. there are three holes. there's a bullet in each hole. this is currently loaded and dangerous. two bullets remain. >> reporter: forensic's experts filed one bullet to test the gun disguised as a flashlight. it was accurate and deadly. and almost impossible to identify as a weapon. when police arrested the would-be assassin, he was carrying all three weapons, none had been fired. this man was his target. defector and anti-pyongyang activist park san-hak renowned for sending anti-propaganda leaflets across the border in balloons. he was due to meet the would-be assassin who claimed he wanted
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to fund his activism. south korean intelligence agents stopped him at the last minute. >> translator: i didn't believe they would try and kill me on the crowded streets of seoul. i thought the national intelligence service was overreacting. >> reporter: we show park the weapons intended to kill him. he hadn't seen them before in such detail and seemed shock. >> translator: you would know it was a gun but these weapons are so innocuous you could easily kill someone. >> reporter: park knows he's at the top of north korea's hit list and has around the clock police protection. having seen the weapons, he says he knows there will be more assassination attempted, but he will not stop his activism. park was clearly shaken when he saw the footage showing those weapons that were intended to kill him because he said they were so innocuous and the fact is he could have been killed and he wouldn't have even known what had happened or who had tried to kill him because they were such
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innocent looking weapons. now the would-be assassin has been sentenced to four years in prison. martin? >> fascinating look. paula hancocks, thanks very much. the powerball jackpot, it's the highest it's ever been, $425 million. is there anything you can do to increase your odds of winning? at all. well, that's next. ♪ ♪ ...could end with adding a close friend. ♪ the lexus december to remember sales event is on, offering some of our best values of the year. this is the pursuit of perfection.
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so you had to wait the whole hour for the story, it is well worth t wednesday's powerball jackpot is estimated to be a whopping $425 million. it's going to be the highest jackpot so far and that means a lot of people are going to be out there buying a lot of tickets. so, how can we win big? joining me now are finance expert clyde anderson, with me in atlanta. and then of course, emory
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university mathematician, skip garra balanced day, on sabbatical in san diego. point out why he is not in atlanta. skip, start with you. give us the cold, hard facts what are the odds of winning? >> they are very slim. the odds of winning are 1 in 175 million for each ticket. >> okay. as my wife always says, somebody has to win and why shouldn't that be me? so, clyde, let ask you as the financial guy, if i win -- >> yes. >> what is the first thing i should do? >> don't go blabbing and telling everybody. >> i agree with that why do people do that? >> excited. think about it. a a lot of money to win. don't go blabbing, talk to a broker or your investment, accountant or investment broker, someone you are dealing with that you trust, make sure, come up with a strategy. >> i do take my ticket, lock it some place? >> keep it somewhere very safe, lock and key, keep it somewhere safe, you don't lose it don't tell anybody where it is make sure you hold onto it this is the future right there holding in your hand. >> whenever you buy your ticket,
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the first question, do you want it in a lump sum or the annuity or whatever? >> yes. >> what i do want? >> you want the lump u you want to be able to control your own money. think about it, for example, if you had $100 million, put in the bank, 5% interest. over ten year, turn into an additional $62 million. you want to be able to make the interest off of your own money and not let someone else make t. >> some people argue if you are not responsible, you blow to all, there by, if it comes anally, you are going to be better. >> this is true. hear stories of a lot of lottery winners squapder all the money. if you can't handle it, you may want to do something like that but you can make much more money, a good business decision to take that lump sum. >> bring back the mathematician. skip, honestly, tell me, what can i do to increase my chances of winning? is there any way to do it? >> well, you can buy more tickets. i'm not saying that is a good plan, but that is the only way you can actually increase your chances of winning. >> how significantly does that -- if i buy -- if i get two
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tickets, choose dramatically inn cease and if i buy 100 tickets, does more so increase my chances? >> exactly. so if you buy two tickets, double your chances of wing, buy 100 at this time, multiply your chances of whipping by 100. the problem is the odd of winning are still so very low it won't appreciably really help as an investment strategy. but if you have an opportunity to pool your ticket buying with co-workers, i thank you is a fun way to go and does increase your chances of winning some what. >> i have heard some really nasty lawsuit, i have to tell you, people bought tickets, claimed they were in the pool. you nose,goes. clyde, let me ask you this numbers are there any i should avoid when picking them out? >> you know what, a lot of people say you should avoid all odds or all evens have a good mix you don't go with 10, 20, 30, 40. don't use the same number at the end, an interesting thing, don't do 29, 39, 49. those are a couple of the tips people give, as much as they can. as we heard, those odds are still slim. but you mentioned also with the pool. if you're going in with a pool, the good way to do it get a
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contract together, folks. don't just go into a pool, like you said, lot of lawsuits that you happened because someone said this was a ticket from another time hospital. ever is controlling that ticket. make sure you got a contract in place. this is big money. >> is this a wise investment? >> this is not an investment. and i say it, you know, this is -- i tell people all the time document, invest with your bill money, don't play the stock market with your bill money this is the same thing. this is far from an investment. don't use your last dime or dollar or money that can go to buy food or pay bills to play the lottery. it should be fun, play it, play it, spend a couple of bucks do it is not something you're going to drastically miss. >> tragically, others won't do it that way. skip, you think a good investment? and maybe more important, are you planning to buy a ticket? >> well, i agree with everything clyde said, not a good investment at all. but i would like to buy a ticket because i like to play it for fun, a couple dollars a year. unfortunately, i'm in california no powerball in california. i can't do it. >> ll,aybe we could work out
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some sort of deal, we will have to see here. that's unfortunate for you. we should point out in no way do we condone people get involved in playing lotteries. we love to dream t is a fun fantasy, think about all that money what we might do with it. this was a good way to spend four minutes thinking about that very thing. thank you both, gentlemen, talking about t find out who wins, hopefully, just imagine if they don't on wednesday. all right. thanks again. >> thank you. a gangnam style christmas? well, tough see this and how it all synced up on their holiday light show in just a moment. ♪ [ male announcer ] you build a reputation by not breaking down. consider the silverado 1500 -- still the most dependable, longest-lasting full-size pickups on the road. and now we've also been recognized for lowest total cost of ownership -- based on important things, like depreciation, fuel, and maintenance costs. and now trade up to get a 2012 chevy silverado all-star edition with a total value of $9,000. from outstanding value to standing the test of time,
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two nfl football cheerleaders shaved their heads today to honor indianapolis colts coach chuck pagan know, battling leukemia. a nice story. the cheerleaders got their head shaved between the third and fourth quarter of the colts victory over the buffalo bills. the cheerleaders raised more than $20,000 for leukemia research and coach pagan know got a standing ovation when he appeared briefly during the game. great idea. water sprinklers interrupted an nfl game today, surprising everyone on the field. the sprinkler shower happened with less than two minutes to go in the third quarter of the seattle seahawks/miami dolphins game. "rain delay" stopped the play for a few minutes. the dolphins went on to win that game by three points. had a couple of live shots interrupted by those things. the troops in afghanistan,
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they made their own lipsynch version of carly rae jepsen's hit "call me maybe" but rather than use carly's video, they did a shot by shot remake of one made by the miami dolphins' cheerleaders. ♪ your stare was holding, ripped jeans, skin was showing ♪ ♪ hot night your wind was blowing ♪ ♪ where do you think you're going baby ♪ ♪ hey, i just met you and this is crazy ♪ ♪ but here's my numbers, so call me baby ♪ ♪ it's hard to look right >> cold there this time of year. just about every hair flip, every hip dip and every hand to the ear like a phone was done exactly the same but instead of coming out of the pool, the troops are buried in sand and no tour buses in afghanistan. these soldiers ride in tanks and armored vehicles. and we can't have a show without a little psy. this time, a homeowner texas went gangnam style acres long with his christmas lights,

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